Americans never cease to love British television. Whether it’s the flirting with class distinction or the tea and gloves, the immaculate presentation, glorious formality, wonderful accents, stiff upper lip or cool society reserve, Americans enjoy looking nostalgically at what they gave up.

Sadly, the British don’t include subtitles with those wonderful accents, which most Americans need to follow the plot lines, but it’s not all that difficult once you understand everything’s the same.

“Father Brown Mysteries”: Premiered in 2013 and features a murder-solving Catholic priest. Not to be confused with Grantchester, which features a murder-solving vicar.

“Grantchester”: A period drama featuring handsome Vicar Sidney Chambers and the dark side of ’50s English village life. Identical to Father Brown only a vicar gets to have girlfriends.

“Inspector George Gently”: There are too many murders in places besides Grantchester and Father Brown’s diocese. Sometimes the English just call the constabulary.

“Death in Paradise”: Brits get murdered in the Caribbean, too.

“New Tricks”: Old bobbies solve old murder cases.

“Indian Summers”: The British behave badly as colonial rulers, but they are too busy with society unrest and preserving class privilege to commit more than one murder. Like “Downton Abbey” with saris. A woman does get murdered, but she isn’t society so she doesn’t count.

“Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”: People get murdered Down Under, also.

“Vera”: The British are a murdering people. These crimes are set in Northumberland.

“Downton Abbey”: In its last season, the aristocracy must tie up all the loose ends and find a way to get along, not only among themselves but with the hoi polloi. Only two murders. Everyone thought the butler did it.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at

Auld Lang Syne

And what could be more romantic than New Year’s Eve plus a pre-wedding party. Andrew Dillard and Renée Guidry were feted by family and friends just hours before their big day on Jan. 2 at a combination rehearsal and New Year’s Eve party. Some elegant Abacus catering made the evening memorable, as did The Jewel of the Bayou, Leroy Thomas and the Zydeco Road Runners. Guests turned out in droves to wish the couple well and make a run at the dance floor, and in tune with the NYE vibe were Mike and Kathleen Williams, Kathy Hudson, MOB Connie Guidry, Sasha Allison, Kimm Miller, Ronnie “Kid Rock” Rue, Morris “Colin Powell” Ledet, Leroy “Denzel” Thomas and Chad Thompson, who made it clear the nicknames must be included.

Xanadu 12th Night Party

Anything goes at Mardi Gras. The Xanadu ladies went from uptown to downtown for their annual 12th Night Party, gussying up The Warehouse at 535 Garfield with a glow-in-the-dark costume contest. “This is the first year the board has been in charge of 12th Night,” said hostess Judy Carbo. “It’s always been in private homes before.” Worthy of note — Xanadu’s Queen Arline Dake and King Henry Burns Jr. each have their own advisor, everyone on the court has two and “Xanadu” is now a local verb, as in “Xanadu on!” Around half of the krewe’s 250 members made the trek to the railroad tracks, including Erica and Art Hawkins; the king’s sister, Amy Hebert; past Queen Donna Olivier; clever cut-up Trisha Alexander and always-a-gentleman Leon Ferguson. What we loved: That it was Dr. Natalie Brasseaux underneath that platinum wig. “Rocking an afro is addictive,” said Brasseaux. That’s what we call a fun dentist.